Hot and Humid

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Puntarenas,
Wednesday, March 17, 2010


We thanked the staff of Shanlati Cabinas for preparing a special breakfast for us and left at a good time to get to the border of Panama and Costa Rica early. By 9am we were at Immigration with lots of willing agents wanting to help us through the Customs and Immigration process. We were sorry to inform them that we did not need their help as we had done this so many times before. One lady took $2 off us for putting a sticker in our passports, something we didn't need. And we gave another guy $2 for keeping out of our way and just pointing to the various departments for us. No problems exiting Panama. I even had time to stop and stock up on some two minute noodles as there was a grocery store at the border!

Entering into Costa Rica also went smoothly, as the officials don’t allow any third parties or agents interfering in the process. We did have to purchase insurance for Costa Rica which cost us $25 in total. The Customs agent spoke very good English and I asked him if he would care to look into our bags while the bikes were parked in the shade, so we could go straight through at the border and not have to stand in the hot sun. "It’s no problem with the BMW’s" he said, and then said “OK, I’ll look in this bag.” He scarcely looked in and said “That’s all fine” and had a little chat with us before holding back the traffic so we could leave safely, Nice guy.

Because we went through an exit and entry at the border, time was getting on. The whole process took 2 hours.  We thought we would only travel about 230kms today and settle down somewhere along the coast.  We opted for Quepos and settled in the Malinche Hotel, at $20 per night with no air conditioning, but only a ceiling fan. All others in town were full.

We took a walk along the coast, which a river runs into and is not a particularly attractive stretch of Costa Rica's coast. Des and I had some refreshments in the local bar which had many American tourists, and other tourists as well, naturally. We got talking to Chris Desmond who is an electrician and works in the USA on high wire electrical transmitters from a helicopter, dangerous work. He works for 6 months in the US, then comes to Costa Rica for the rest of the year. He has purchased a piece of land on the beach here and is having a house built on it.

I met another guy from the US at the border who has been living in Costa Rica for 15 years and every year he has to make an application to stay on, but is not granted residency. Probaly can't show a means of supporting himself.

We've been staying ahead of the wet, hence the high humidity. The rainy season is not far away, apparently. Although we did get a taste of it overnight, it came down in buckets which cooled the place down a bit. By the morning there was no evidence of it.
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Hmmm. Might get Jezz to contact Mr Desmond.

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